End of the line for bus routes
BUS routes are being slashed across the county as Cornwall Council struggles to cope with budget cuts, including to its support for many routes.
Thirteen services are to be withdrawn and others are subject to route and timetable changes, say bus operators First Group and Western Greyhound.
The early morning service between Truro and Treliske will be cancelled from Sunday, along with changes to the rest of the timetable.
From Sunday, the Falmouth University bus will stop running, to be replaced with a new service.
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Bus drivers on some routes have been telling passengers about the imminent changes, and there has been some confusion ahead of the public announcements.
Western Greyhound managing director Mark Howarth said: "I really hope that Cornwall Council can find some money ... to replace the bus routes being withdrawn, and that money can be found to protect the remaining network from 2014 onwards, as it is vital for the rural community."
Alex Carter, director for First South West, said: "We never take decisions like this lightly, but some of these services have under-performed for a number of years and, despite our efforts to resolve this, they remain commercially unsustainable."
Cornwall Council said 90 per cent of the bus network in Cornwall was provided by First and Western Greyhound.
A spokesman said the council had been forced to save £170 million over the past four years and is now expected to make further savings of £196 million by 2019.
"While we are doing our best to protect essential frontline services, it is impossible to make this level of savings without affecting some services," said the spokesman.
"Maintaining good public transport links is very important in a rural area like Cornwall.
"We have been working with all the bus operators to look at how best to protect services from the impact of further cuts in central government funding."
Transport union RMT has pledged to join local people to fight the cuts "which would decimate lifeline services across whole communities".